Xinfang has a background in energy, economics, policy and whole systems research. She completed her PhD entitled ‘Understanding the drivers behind high energy consumption within UK households: an interdisciplinary approach’ at the Tyndall Centre and Sustainable Consumption Institute in the University of Manchester before joining the University of Birmingham. She applied an interdisciplinary approach including social practices and cluster analysis to understand energy use in homes during her PhD.
Since Xinfang joining the University of Birmingham as a Research Fellow, she has worked on a list of projects on energy and cooling including:
- African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold-chain (ACES) [Defra funded]
- Fast-track vaccine cold-chain assessment and design for mass scale COVID-19 vaccination in Bangladesh (VaCoBD)[GCRF/Newton Fund]
- Rapid Assessment of Vaccine Cold-chain – India [Shakti Foundation fund]
- Rapid Assessment Methodology for Vaccine Cold-chain (VCC) for Mass Immunisation – Rwanda [Hariot-Watt University fund]
- EnergyRev [UKRI Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund]
- Realising Energy Storage Technologies in Low-carbon Energy Systems (RESTLESS) [EPSRC fund]
- Generation Integrated Energy Storage (GIES) [EPSRC fund]
- Energy Storage Prioritisation in Mexico [Newton Fund]
- Assessing the innovation process for energy storage [EPSRC SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub fund]
- Predicting the uptake of air conditioning in UK households to 2050 [UKERC fund]
- Developing Cryogenic Energy Storage at Refrigerated Warehouses as an Interactive Hub to Integrate Renewable Energy in Industrial Food Refrigeration and to Enhance PowerGrid Sustainability (CryoHub) [Horizon 2020 fund]
- Long-term institutional change in the wake of crisis: Understanding implications for energy-system resilience in Nepal [University of Birmingham Institute for Global Innovation fund]
- Resilient Cities [University of Birmingham Institute for Global Innovation fund]
Xinfang has experience working with policymakers, charities, business and industrial leaders, as well as academics internationally. Xinfang works with UNEP U4E in Africa on clean cooling and cold chains. She was an invited speaker at a round-table discussion with UK Science Minister and was interviewed by BEIS explaining the importance of women working in science and engineering. She has also co-authored on response to UK parliament call for evidence on “Leaving the EU: Implications for UK climate policy”.
Xinfang has been a guest lecturer and postgraduate project supervisor at the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham. During her PhD, Xinfang also led a four-month research project, working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to explore why some people use much more energy at home than others despite their relative low income. She was also Faculty of Science and Engineering fellow of the Manchester Access Programme (MAP) and delivered guest lectures on Climate Change and Natural Disasters to Year 13 students at the MAP summer school. She has taught and helped with a variety of courses at the University of Manchester including Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
, Project Management
, Research Methods
for the School of Engineering; Manchester Sustainable City Project
for Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Sustainable and Ethical Business Enterprise
for Manchester Business School; and Microeconomics
and Business Economics
for School of Social Sciences.